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Makanda By The Sea

Main Road to Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 60601 Costa Rica
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#10 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
GreenLeaders Platinum level
IN BRIEF First Impression: WOW this is so beautiful Staff: One step ahead Food and drinks: Everything from a la carte breakfast to seafood spaghetti by the pool or angus steak at fancy Arbol restaurant Bed and Bath: It's all about comfort and high standards The crowd: Honeymooners and money makers In a nutshell: Probably the best hotel for adults only in Central Pacific
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Steam room
Adults only
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Grade: 62 out of 100
18Restaurantswithin 1 km
2Attractionswithin 1 km
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Topangan wrote a review 12 May
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Makanda By The Sea goes a long way to checking all the boxes regarding vacation essentials including service, location, views and amenities. The staff is beyond helpful and exudes a real pleasure in serving you and a joy in their work. The resort’s location, nestled on a hillside amid tropical vegetation, active wildlife and a symphony of bird song, is close enough to Manuel Antonio National Park to allow easy access to its wildlife trails and beaches and yet far enough away from the crowds to be the definition of a “Secluded Romantic Getaway.” While Makanda has its own fine dining open-air restaurant, within walking distance are several nice eating options including our favorite, Emilio’s Café. There are two pools and the hotel’s own safe swimming beach is staffed and kept sparkling clean. The bellmen and their golf-cart transportation are on call to take the effort out of the steep walk back from the beach. From our room’s terrace we saw monkeys and toucans in the morning and stunning sunsets at night. Breakfast is included and offered many tasty choices that were more than satisfying. We were there the beginning of May and were pleasantly surprised at the value. The rain was an on-again off-again companion to our stay, but that is to be expected during the rainy season in tropical Costa Rica and the weather is one thing for which the resort can’t be held responsible. We would return in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: We had a fabulous Deluxe Suite Ocean Club room. If it is important to you, you should confirm...
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Response from Elena Davydova, Owner at Makanda By The Sea
Responded 3 days ago
Dear guest Thank you very much! Our sole purpose is to make you feel better than at home! That is why we do our best. May the beauties of the property be accompanied by the warmth of our staff's service! Seeing that we managed to provide you with that experience motivates us to continue improving day by day. Our new goal will be to provide you with an even better experience when you give us the honor of visiting us again in Makanda. We hope you have had a happy return to your country, but this will always be your home. Best regards! Hotel Makanda by the sea!
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Jul19 wrote a review Apr 2021
Moscow38 contributions44 helpful votes
This property is situated in the natural park Manuel Antonio, with various types of flora and fauna presented. Here, the pieces of modern architecture are harmoniously blended with the wild nature. The rooms are modern designed and it is an aesthetic pleasure to stay here. The pacific ocean beach can be reached in 15 minutes by walk through the beautiful tropical forrest, or you can get there by golf-car. The meal in the restaurant is also top - I liked suchi and ceviche much, the beef is also delicious. We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Amber Livingston wrote a review Apr 2021
Sacramento, California1 contribution2 helpful votes
Makanda by the Sea is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. I was there April 5th & 6th, 2021. Everything is perfectly thought out with the guests in mind. Me and 7 friends went for a birthday dinner and a spa day the following day. The dinner & drinks were amazing. I had the lobster ravioli and every bite was perfect & the ambiance is everything. The following day felt like my honeymoon all over again. The staff is so attentive and you don’t have to think about anything other than taking it all in. Each part of the day was timed out perfectly. We started at the pool where we had drinks & relaxed in the crystal clear water with a view that was to die for. Then we went to this beautiful lanai with yet another amazing view that was unmatched. We had this area all to ourselves. This is where the jacuzzi room & sauna are located & it’s hard to believe but this view exceeded the previous one and the weather was great. From there we were taken down to the message room with yet another breathtaking view. There I experienced the best message I’ve ever had. I didn’t want it to end. After that we had lunch. I ordered shrimp pasta & Caesar salad which was delicious & good portions. Then we went back to the pool area & finished off the day by swimming & having drinks the way we started. This was the last night of our trip & the perfect way to end our vacation. I travel often, go to many places & love luxury experiences. I’ve been to Tulum, Maui, Orlando & Costa Rica in the last 2 months and I can say my heart is here, at Makanda by the Sea. I can’t wait to go back in September. This was a 5 Star experience from start to finish. You must see it! Amber ~
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nataly wrote a review Apr 2021
21 contributions5 helpful votes
It was an amazing stay. Everything was great. We had the Wow suite and it really is Wow. The design is exceptional and unique. You live in a rainforest in a very modern room. The pool is very nice and stylish. An amazing sunset can be watched from the pool. The staff are friendly and the food is delicious. If you want something unusual and impressive, I definitely recommend
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
melanee688689 wrote a review Mar 2021
5 contributions
The Makanda by the Sea exceeded our expectations. It is conveniently located near Manuel Antionio Parque, but feels very secluded and private. The two infinity pools were absolutely stunning with beautiful views of the ocean and tropical terrain. We saw sloths, monkeys, birds, lizards and hermit crabs on our daily walks around the resort. The beach was private with nice quiet lounge swings made for two. Our suite was newly remodeled and incredibly nice. The food and drinks were delicious. The staff spoiled us with their attentive service. I highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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US$277 - US$526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
makanda by the sea hotel manuel antonio national park
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasManuel Antonio
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makanda By The Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Makanda By The Sea?
Nearby attractions include Playa Biesanz (0.3 km), La Playita (0.5 km), and Club Karma Lounge (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Makanda By The Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Makanda By The Sea?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Makanda By The Sea?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Makanda By The Sea?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Makanda By The Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manuel Antonio Falafel Bar, Shana Restaurant & Lounge Pool Bar, and Rico Tico Jungle Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Makanda By The Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Makanda By The Sea have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Makanda By The Sea offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Makanda By The Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makanda By The Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.